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January 23, 2017

Witnessing History With Our Own Eyes Thanks to the #DECAATTProject

By Nikos Papinkolau, Class of 2017

Continuing the momentum from the 2016 Democratic National Convention watch party, the AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy hosted a watch party on January 20, 2017, in honor of the presidential inauguration.

The event was held at the AT&T Corporate Office location in King of Prussia, Penn., and students from both George Washington High School and Kensington High School attended.

We all felt very fortunate to inagurationbe able to witness the peaceful transition of power as Mr. Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, and hear his inaugural address as it happened live.

You would think watching an inauguration on TV would be a boring and exhausting experience, but that is not how any AT&T Aspire event is run, and this watch party was nothing short of fun and entertaining!

As soon as we settled down, we caught up with familiar #DECAATTProject mentors and met with some new ones too. We played a 20-questions game with our mentors and got to understand how they became involved with the Aspire program, as well as how their careers developed. I enjoyed hearing how some of our mentors perform their jobs and how their original career plans were carried out or altered.

August 1, 2016

DECA Goes Behind the Scenes at the 2016 DNC

By Nikos Papanikolau, Class of 2017

The #DECAATTProject has been a truly inspiring experience for not only myself, but also my fellow DECA members. The various engaging activities and informational trips throughout the past few years have been absolutely stellar; but of course, leave it to AT&T to take an amazing experience to the next level with the 2016 Democratic National Convention Watch Party.

The event was well organized with fascinating and empowering speakers that I would never have expected to have the chance to interact with otherwise. Councilman Allan Domb, for example, was able to connect to us on a personal level as Philadelphians and inspired us to be ambitious. We also heard from Mr. Joe Grace, Vice President of State & Local Advocacy for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, who was a very effective communicator putting forth thought-provoking questions and offering unbiased views that certainly opened our eyes on the presidential election. The guest speakers were spectacular and never lost our undivided attention with their eloquent speeches.

The #DECAATTProject mentors have an exceptional ability to connect with us DECA members. During the DNC speeches, we were given bingo cards with various patriotic pictures and keywords on them, and if we were able to fill out our entire board, we’d win a prize! I thought this was an ingenious way to keep us focused on the content of the speeches while also making it fun and engaging. I never would have thought a national political convention could be so intriguing and entertaining simultaneously!

Overall, the DNC and RNC Watch Parties that AT&T held for us were very enlightening events that definitely made the election experience much more important to me and my peers. Unfortunately, many of us will not be old enough to vote in November, however, the experience encouraged us to pay more attention to not only national politics, but also to get involved in local politics.

Just a few months ago, we held a voter registration drive at our school (George Washington High School in Philadelphia) and we were able to register almost 50 people!

I must thank AT&T for this surge in awareness and eagerness to take part in our democratic system. Thank you AT&T for all that you do for DECA, as well as for us students. We are very grateful for your generosity and support.

July 11, 2016

Will Philly rise to the challenge? Or be lost in the rubble?

By Maarij Kazmi, Class of 2017

Philadelphia is “all hands on deck” in preparing for the largest convention in its history. With an expected 30,000 delegates and democrats to also be joined by 15,000 media and over 17,000 volunteers, in attending the convention. What does this mean? It means that Philadelphia businesses will be tested to the limit, especially local businesses and food carts.

And thus local businesses will have to have an increase for supply in cause for the high demand. But many choose not to work in the “chaos that will erupt” one Halal food cart vendor claimed. They just like Mr. Miteshandhi who owns a local book/convenient store claimed that they will be shutting down during the time of the convention because of the “rush and uncontrollable crowds of people.”

Although not everyone shares the same opinion. Mr. Farce, a new food cart owner here in center city Philadelphia has plans on facing the challenge head first. His plan is stocking up and going commando all the way. He said “All I can do is get ready for the rush, and with Allah’s help, I will (get) through it.”

This year’s DNC will total over 60,000 people on a daily basis for the last week in July at the Wells Fargo Center and downtown Philadelphia. 40% of the volunteers will come from outside the city using the city’s infrastructure and public transportation networks, or staying overnight in the city. And more than 15,000 hotel rooms are booked from 2 to 5 nights in over 90 hotels throughout Philly.

So what maybe some of the disadvantages of Philadelphia hosting the democratic convention this year? Well as it has been recorded throughout history, hosting a convention of such heights is immensely expensive. There will be approximately $40 million in expense for the city but is expected to be covered by the $85million the Convention’s committee.

The city of Philadelphia and DNC officials estimate a gross product income by $350 million for the area- of course it will be lowered just as it was in Charlotte’s and Denver’s estimates. This convention promises to be an even larger revenue producer since the Republican National Convention in 2000, with an economic multiplier effect five times greater – and providing a much larger economic punch than last September’s historic visit by Pope Francis.

The DNC impact will mostly affect the businesses inside of the city, but talking to businesses in suburban parts of Philly showed that they expect “nothing but the same as any other day.” Alexis who owns a local Station Pizza on the out skirts of northeast Philadelphia with her Uncle claimed that when the Pope came, “nothing changed around here.” She claims the revenue of that time was that same as it had always been. A change from the DNC visit to Philadelphia is yet to be seen.

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April 12, 2013

Fresh flavor – Trevor Jackson

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By Sandybel Cedeno, Class of 2013

Trevor Jackson has come into the music business with his own fresh flavor and has been doing great with his new release “Like We Grown.”    Not only does he have a strong singing voice, he also is talented in acting and dancing so that he has been noted as a “triple threat.”

 At only sixteen years old, you can see Trevor forming into a natural star!  His song “Like We Grown” has already become a famous and well-known song for preteen and teen girls and guys.  His style and swag is something that everyone around his age group can connect with and the song resonates with many teens as well.  His fame has been growing dramatically, especially with girls, because of his cute style and face.  The song itself is a good mixture of R & B and hip-hop and the lyrics are very relatable for his fans.  I see him as a natural born star!

The lyrics, “Baby I’ll just love you like we grown tonight,  And we go around like we grown tonight,” are the best parts of the song.  Many teens are in a rush to grow up and this is exactly how they feel when they are in a relationship with someone.  It’s actually my favorite part of the song because it expresses the freedom that adults have of being with and going anywhere with the person they love.  I’m guessing that’s where the title of the song comes from “Like We Grown,” riding around like adults having fun and a good time with their love.   I love this song!

January 10, 2012

Uggs

By Sandybel Cedeno, Class of 2013

For those people who say that Uggs are too expensive, you can only wear them for the winter, or it’s not worth paying so much money for them, I want to say that you are very wrong.  Uggs aren’t only comfortable and warm, but with good care they can last a very long time and they are worth every penny you spend for them and  they may last for years.  I’ve had mine for two years.  They are just as good as when they were new and they don’t look messed up at all.  There are many different styles of Uggs and they all work great. I advise many people to buy them because they will be wearing them for years and they will honestly keep your feet warm and cozy.

For those guys out there that complain they wouldn’t wear them because it’s only for girls! You’re all very wrong! Ugg boots were made by a man and were for men, they then became unisex. They became famous in the united states around the mid-late 1990’s and worldwide in the early 2000’s. They are actually for everyone!

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January 3, 2011

Athletic schedule 1/4/-1/15/11

Sport Date Opponent   Time
BOY’S V BBALL 1/4 EDISON H 3:15 PM
BOY’S JV BBALL 1/4 EDISON A 3:15 PM
GIRL’S V BBALL 1/5 FELS A 3:15 PM
WRESTLING 1/5 EDISON A 3:15 PM
BOWLING 1/5 LINCOLN @ Erie Lanes A 3:15 PM
BOY’S V BBALL 1/6 FELS A 4:45 PM
BOY’S JV BBALL 1/6 FELS A 3:15 PM
SWIMMING 1/6 CENTRAL @ Fels Pool A 3:15 PM
BOY’S V BBALL 1/7 SWENSON H 3:15 PM
GIRL’S V BBALL 1/7 BARTRAM A 3:15 PM
WRESTLING 1/7 LINCOLN H 3:15 PM
BOY’S V BBALL 1/11 FRANKFORD H 4:45 PM
BOY’S JV BBALL 1/11 FRANKFORD H 3:15 PM
GIRL’S V BBALL 1/12 EDISON A 3:15 PM
WRESTLING 1/12 CENTRAL A 3:15 PM
BOWLING 1/12 FURNESS @ Erie Lanes A 3:15 PM
BOY’S V BBALL 1/13 GRATZ A 3:15 PM
BOY’S JV BBALL 1/13 GRATZ H 3:15 PM
SWIMMING 1/13 GIRL’S HIGH @ Fels Pool A 3:15 PM
GIRL’S V BBALL 1/14 PALUMBO A 3:15 PM
WRESTLING 1/14 OLNEY H 3:15 PM
BOY’S V BBALL 1/15 PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH A 7:30 PM
April 5, 2010

SAVE THE DATE! College and career fair coming soon!

George Washington High School/Northeast High School to Host a Joint College and Career Fair:  This year the fair will be held at GWHS on Tuesday, April 6, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.  Representatives from over sixty colleges, trade and technical schools, as well as the military will be available to discuss their programs.  In addition, a workshop about financial aid will also be part of this information packed evening..

March 21, 2010

College open houses

The following colleges have upcoming OPEN HOUSES:

March 27, April 17    9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.    California University of PA – Register online at 222.calu.edu or send an email to pavtis@alu.edu

April 2            10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Kentucky State University

April 9            9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.    Lincoln University

April 11            9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.    LaRoche (Pittsburgh) – Go to http://www.laroche.edu to get more information and to pre-register.

May 2            10:00 a.m.        Delaware Valley College Spring Open House for Sophomores and Juniors.  For more information, check out poster in room 110.

March 15, 2010

Saint Patrick’s Day

By Timothy Penglase, Class of 2012

Everyone knows St. Patrick’s Day as the day of binge drinking and sweets-consuming for the Irish people.  Falling on March 17th every year, this holiday has been soiled by the stereotypical assumption that all Irish people are drunk 24/7.  Falling aside from the crowd are the Irish people who weren’t supposedly born with a bottle full of Guinness.  These people celebrate the holiday for the real meaning.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the honor of St. Patrick himself.  One explanation of why the holiday is on March 17 is that was his supposed death date.  It is a day for thinking about loved ones across the water, not the pint you can get at your local pub!

The reason green is the color is not very well known. The green is representative of the catholic side of Ireland.  You see, way back in the day, Ireland was separated by religion.  The “green side” is where the Catholics resided, and the “orange side” is where the Protestants lived.  If you see a pattern, than bravo! you guessed it: the two colors are the two main colors in the Irish flag.  The white, however, is completely different.  It represents those who were neutral and composed more of the descendants of the Celts.  Common knowledge should tell you that “saint” is a more catholic term than a protestant one, which is why the main color for St. Patrick’s Day is green.  Well, there you go: some interesting facts about the holiday of the saint.  Have a glorious day, laddie!